Fiction is Truer than Fact – Guest Post: Suzanne Tyrpak

It’s no secret that I love horror and all things paranormal.

From author Scott Nicholson about my guest author’s latest book: “Suzanne Tyrpak shows in these tales that horror can not only aspire to literary value, but also explore emotional and psychological terrain that is difficult to reach via other roads. Horror can hit you in the gut or mess with your head, but at its best it can reach into your heart as well. And these tales reflect perhaps the biggest horror of all—that we are alive, and this life is full of pain and death and love and sharp edges… Enter this circus and let Suzanne show you why horror is the greatest show on earth.”

Take a ride on the Ghost Plane. Eleven twisted tales about life, love, and insanity. Eleven tales that explore the darker recesses. If you’re afraid to look too deeply in the mirror, read no further.

This collection of short stories is composed of three segments: Airport Stories, Hot Flashes, and Gothica. They range in length from 100 words to over 3000. Total word count is approximately 15,000 words, about 55 pages.

Intrigued? Read on…

Suzanne: I write short stories, and I call them fiction. But, often, truth is revealed more easily when it’s called fiction.
Writing fiction gives me the liberty of changing names and locations, the freedom to say what I really want to say without worries of a lawsuit. Most of the short stories I write have some basis in my own experience. A few stories are almost blow-by-blow descriptions—embellished, but close to what actually occurred.
My short story collection, Dating My Vibrator (and other true fiction), was inspired by my divorce and consequent dating. I tell the stories through the filter of my own sense of humor. Granted, my humor is on the dark side, so some people find the stories sad, rather than funny. For me, the best humor borders on tragedy. I suppose I could be crying about my pathetic dates, and perhaps I should spend more time with my therapist, but writing the stories—laughing at my experience—gave me the perspective to move on with my life. And a lot of women, especially divorced women over forty, can relate.
Okay, I admit it, I write, not only because I like to entertain others, but to sort out my own life.
A few of the stories in my new collection, Ghost Plane and Other Disturbing Tales were inspired by my job. I work for an airline. One of the stories, Blue Angel, was specifically inspired by an awful (ex) boss. I have to admit, this dark tale just spilled out of me, and it was cathartic. Not that I actually ever had the homicidal thoughts of the narrator, (not me, don’t know where those ideas came from) but I thoroughly enjoyed plotting her murder.
My novels are also based on truth. I write historical suspense, and writing a book like Vestal Virgin requires a great deal of time and research. I check every detail, making sure of dates and facts. But the most fun is filling in what history books will never tell you: the psychology behind famous characters, their secrets, their dreams, pieces of the story that history books leave out. In some ways, I think my novels may be closer to the truth than what you’d read in a nonfiction book. Best of all, writing about ancient Rome, Greece and Egypt allows me to say whatever I want about the characters and politics without fear of repercussions. Everyone’s been dead for at least a thousand years—no chance of getting sued!
So, when a nonfiction writer approaches me, looks down his nose, and says, “Oh, you write fiction?” I say, “Yes. I prefer to write the truth.”

Thanks, Suzanne! My Dad used to worked with United Airlines for over 35 years. You’d think that a place a busy as an airport could never be creepy. Too busy, right? I’d be the first to agree with you that they can be some of the eeriest places on earth. Thanks for the picture of the moon hanging over the tarmac at the Durango Airport! It does set a certain mood – like that of King’s Langoliers.

Ghost Plane and Other Disturbing Tales is available on Kindle (also on Smashwords and Nook) just .99 cents for the collection of eleven twisted stories.
Find Suzanne on her blog: Who’s Imagining All This?


9 thoughts on “Fiction is Truer than Fact – Guest Post: Suzanne Tyrpak

    • The pleasure was all mine, Suzanne!

      Dad worked as Lead Mechanic for United Airlines at O’Hare, and then at Ft. Lauderdale.

    • Suzanne – He’s no longer with us – at least in physical form. 😦 But yeah. He had stories. Remember American flt 191? He was at the airport that day. They used some of UAL’s hangers. Lots of tales.
      My BIL probably has a bunch since he’s still with the airlines, but a different city.

  1. He’s missed everyday. Thanks, Suzanne. I grew up around the airlines. Airports are an incredible place for stories and for people watching. And when it’s late and there are less than a handful of people in site it’s down-right creepy.
    But, there are some heartwarming tales, too.

  2. Michelle – a brilliant blog post and the comments leave me hesitant to post mine but I will add one thought – without our personal truth there would be no fiction for us to write –
    Really fine work – thanks for sharing it.

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